Erdoğan speaks with Saudi King Salman ahead of G20 summit

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s office announced early on Saturday morning that the president held a phone call with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, ahead of the G20 Leaders’ Summit.

The two leaders discussed Saudi-Turkish relations and views on the summit, which is hosted by Saudi Arabia this year to be held on Saturday and Sunday.

“President Erdoğan and King Salman agreed on keeping channels of dialogue open in order for the bilateral relations to be enhanced and for issues to be settled,” said the presidency’s statement.

On Friday, the kingdom’s news agency SPA reported that King Salman called Erdoğan to discuss “coordinated efforts being exerted as part of the activities of the G20 summit,” and bilateral relations.

October saw Saudi Arabia’s long-standing unofficial boycott on Turkish products become more concrete, with authorities issuing calls on the citizenry to “boycott everything Turkish,” and supermarket chains joining in. Animal products were added to the boycott in November.

Saudi Arabia and Turkey have been at odds since the killing of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul in 2018, and came head to head as both vie for spiritual leadership in the Muslim world.